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Security Guard Dies

Zanna Ingram, Copy Editor May 12, 2021

Security guard Charles Thomas passed away on April 30, 2021, leaving behind a legacy as the head sponsor of Can We Talk, a program which works to help students of color achieve their goals by pairing them...

Lawrence school board president, Kelly Jones

Legislators Debate Trans Rights

Isis Norris, Free Press Editor-in-Chief April 13, 2021

During a year filled with fallout from the pandemic and political uprisings, some Kansas legislators have focused their attention on other matters: transgender youth. A History of anti-LGBTQ legislation Kansas...

Girl Grappler Gray Undefeated

Girl Grappler Gray Undefeated

April 12, 2021

During her high school career, junior Madyson Gray has never lost a match in girls wrestling. In fact, Gray has never lost a state championship she has qualified for. Gray first went out for the middle...

Brief: Possible Ban On Sports For Transgender Women

Brief: Possible Ban On Sports For Transgender Women

Zanna Ingram, Copy Editor April 5, 2021

A bill that would prevent transgender students from participating in women's sports is currently being debated in the Kansas State Legislature. The bill states that due to the biological advantage of...

Teachers required to return to classrooms

Zanna Ingram and Isis Norris March 5, 2021

In an email sent to district personnel on Feb. 24, Superintendent Anthony Lewis announced that all staff members will be required to return to the building by March 15.  If a staff member would like...

NEWS BRIEF: BOE begins in-person plans

NEWS BRIEF: BOE begins in-person plans

Alexandria Brown and Isis Norris February 9, 2021

6-12 grade students will be able to return to full time in-person learning on March 29, according to plans announced by Superintendent Anthony Lewis.  The announcement came as the USD 497 Board of...

NEWS BRIEF: School board approves changes to school schedule, weighted gating criteria

NEWS BRIEF: School board approves changes to school schedule, weighted gating criteria

Jack Bellemere, Reporter December 15, 2020

Students will get two more days of winter break than expected, following last night’s school board meeting.  Classes will resume on Jan. 7 instead of Jan. 5. Those two extra days will be used for...

School board looks to balance academics, activities and safety

School board looks to balance academics, activities and safety

Ethan Wood, Copy Editor December 5, 2020

Sports and music activities will continue with mitigation measures, following Thursday’s special school board meeting. The board also approved new district gating criteria that will potentially allow...

A student checks their temperature in the front office so they can be cleared to enter the school and start their day. At the beginning of each day, every student is required to check their temperature to ensure that students are staying healthy. There is least one temperature station per entrance to make sure all students are checked in before they enter the building.

School board postpones adopting county health department reopening guidance

Jack Bellemere, Reporter November 24, 2020

USD 497’s school board discussed using new metrics for reopening schools and planning for the winter sports season during its Monday meeting. The board narrowly declined to adopt Lawrence Douglas...

Meadows makes a video responding to a question in her comments about one of her autoimmune diseases. Meadows has Type 1 diabetes, celiac disease and juvenile arthritis and uses her platform to educate others and clear up misconceptions about her conditions. “Almost all my autoimmune diseases have stereotypes, and that’s one big thing that I want to break,” Meadows said.

TikToker brings autoimmune disease awareness to ‘For You’ page

Emma Holsclaw, Talon Co-Editor in Chief November 17, 2020

Junior Addy Meadows doesn’t remember why she was in the hospital the first day of spring break, but she does remember filming a TikTok to Ke$ha’s “Cannibal” out of boredom from her hospital bed.  Meadows’...

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